Renoir and Matisse
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Renoir and Matisse were friends with a common bond; they loved color, beauty, and painting. Renoir, however, developed a very serious case of arthritis …so debilitating that he was almost completely paralyzed by it. He winced and jerked in pain as he applied each stroke of color to the canvas. But no matter how severe the pain, no matter how difficult the brushstroke, he continued to paint.
Matisse watched his friend with great concern and passion, mystified at the dedication that led to creating his artwork at such a painful level of personal sacrifice. When he asked Renoir why he continued to paint, Renoir replied, "Because the beauty remains: the pain passes."
Are you struggling through painful times? If so, please don't give up. Don't believe the lie that there's no hope for you. Surrender and persevere. Hang on to Christ. Make the healing choice to persevere and do whatever necessary to hang on one more day. The pain passes; the beauty God brings through perseverance remains.
"Austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the least of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time."
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.